This week and every week going forward we’ll bring you several recommendations for players you should look to add to your fantasy squad. We’ll mainly be targeting lower-owned guys who should be available in all but the deepest leagues. If you play IDP we have you covered here. Although we’ll be primarily focusing on guys who can help you this week and the rest of this season, as a primarily dynasty site, on occasion we will mention guys that you should consider stashing as long-term dynasty options as well.
Good luck on your waiver claims and good luck the rest of the season. Hopefully, some of these players can not only lead you to a win this week but a championship and the end of the season! Be sure to check out all of our in-season content right here.
John D. Recommends:
Devontea Booker, RB, Denver Broncos (5%)
I’ve recommended Booker here in the past, and as the Broncos continue to get worse, he seems to become a more viable fantasy play each week. His workload is increasing weekly as seen here, and since returning from a pre-season injury, he’s been the most productive player on a per-snap basis. According to fantasypros, he’s averaging 35 fantasy points per snap, compared to 22 and 25 for Anderson and Charles, respectively. Booker also sees a target on 19% of his snaps, so as long as Denver is trailing, expect to see more Booker in the passing game.
Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills (10%)
Jones is currently listed as day-to-day with a knee injury and is probably 100% in dynasty leagues, but in ESPN redraft leagues, he’s only 10% owned. Here’s the thing with Jones: The Bills miscast him from day 1 and installed him as their X receiver to start the year. The addition of Kelvin Benjamin helps him as it forces the Bills to move him to the Z receiver role (in the slot) where most people expected him to thrive from day 1. With Deonte Thompson in the X role and Jones in the slot the last 2 games, he’s accumulated 9 receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown. So much for the “bust” narrative.
Paxton Lynch, QB, Denver Broncos(1% ownership on Yahoo)
In case you missed the Eagles/Bronco game on Sunday let me clue you in on something. Brock Osweiler is terrible. I won’t rehash his stats, I went over that in yesterday’s “DFF Fantasy 5 Spot”, but they were not good. We haven’t seen much of Lynch at the pro level, and what we have seen hasn’t been all that encouraging. Lynch was a 1st round draft pick just a couple of years ago though. Reports suggest that the Broncos are ready to turn over the team to Lynch as soon as he’s physically able to play.
Chad Kelly, QB, Denver Broncos (0%)
This is a 2018 stash. Kelly is on the I.R. recovering from a multitude of injuries accumulated during his college career. If Lynch is unable to show much the Broncos are likely to give Kelly a chance to win the starting job come next preseason. Kelly is a wildly talented player who almost went undrafted because of a slew of transgressions while in college. Assuming Kelly has his life in order he as good as any QB out of his 2017 class.
Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (o%)
Doug Martin, up until Sunday at least, has received a good amount of volume but hasn’t been particularly productive with that volume, outside of his 1st game back from his suspension. On Sunday Martin had 8 rushing attempts and gained 7 yards (his “longest” run of the day was 4 yards), with no involvement in the passing game. Barber had 11 rushing attempts for 34 yards and 2 receptions for 20 yards on Sunday, after not touching the football once in the previous 4 games. If Tampa decides it’s time to move on from a disastrous 2017 season and begin to look to the future it’s plausible they phase Martin out of future game plans to get a longer look at Barber.
Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks (13%)
Eddie Lacy was named the starting running back going into Sunday’s action. The coaching staff was ready to commit to Lacy and feed him plenty of carries. So, of course, he strained his groin and is questionable for Thursday nights game.
Eddie Lacy (groin) questionable for Thursday night. https://t.co/z6q5RLfZsT
— FantasyLabs NFL (@FantasyLabsNFL) November 6, 2017
Thomas Rawls took advantage of Lacy’s injury and had himself a fairly productive Sunday. Rawls was able to set a season-high in rushing yards with 39 yards on the day and had 2 receptions for 31 yards. After trading for 3 time Pro-Bowler Tackle Duane Brown you can expect the run blocking to improve for Seattle. If Lacy is forced to miss time or can’t shoulder a full load, Rawls will be the beneficiary of this improved blocking.
Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams (34%)
How Woods has been flying under the fantasy radar is beyond me (at least in PPR leagues). This past weeks performance will most certainly put a bullseye on his back. One of the reasons for his lack of love could be that he’s been touchdown allergic until week 9, in which he scored twice. Moving forward, the Rams have a fantastic schedule for wide receivers, and with his current role as the X man for Jared Goff, Woods is worth at the very least an add for roster and bye week depth.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings (5%)
This former first-round pick will be added to the active roster on Wednesday (according to recent reports). This doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll immediately take over the starting QB role. However, if he can show he is all the way back from his devastating knee injury last year, he could take over the starting role in due time. Case Keenum has been a serviceable stand-in for Bradford, so I expect Teddy ballgame to back him up for 1-2 wks or until an injury or bad play pushes the Viking’s hand. If you need a backup or are looking for a cheap upside late season QB who has an explosive offense, look no further.
Garrett Celek, TE, San Francisco 49ers (0%)
Originally this write-up was for George Kittle, however, he has since been deemed OUT for week 10. Enter: Garrett Celek. Yup, I don’t like it either but this call is less about the offense or ability and more about who he’ll face in week 10. Four words, THE NEW YORK GIANTS! The Giants have given up a touchdown to a tight end every game this season and just gave one up to Tyler Higbee. TYLER HIGBEE! With Ertz, Kelce and Cook on the bye in week 10, streaming Celek may give happy returns.
Danny Woodhead, RB, Baltimore Ravens (27%)
The Ravens’ offense has been terrible, particularly in the passing game. The lone bright spot – as with any bad passing offense – is that quarterback Joe Flacco is not shy about checking down and dumping the ball off to his running backs. Since Woodhead went down early in Week 1, his pass-catching back replacement Javorius Allen has been targeted 42 times.
Allen has 32 catches, sixth-best among running backs, which illustrates the amount of volume available to the Ravens’ pass-catching back. Allen is no Danny Woodhead though, as he’s managed just 145 yards and a touchdown on those 42 targets and 32 catches. Woodhead caught all three of his targets in Week 1, for 33 yards and an 11 yard per reception average.
Make no mistake: Allen is simply keeping the throne warm for the PPR king, and Woodhead will walk right back into the pass-catching role, and he will be even more productive than Allen has been. Woodhead isn’t expected back until Week 11, but now is the time to stash him while he’s available in 73% of leagues.
Rod Smith, RB, Dallas Cowboys (8%)
I’m so sick of hearing about the Cowboys’ starting running back’s pending suspension situation that I don’t even want to mention his name. Here’s the thing, though: that nameless running back has been dodging legal bullets all season, but he’s running out of places to hide. This suspension is coming, and it will probably happen this season. The latest hearing is this Thursday (Nov. 9th), and I only mention it because this is where the suspension likely comes down for good. A six-game suspension starting in Week 10 means you’re without “that guy” until the fantasy championship, for those of us who plan on participating.
Now is the time to pick up the best running back (behind Mr. No-Name, of course) on the Dallas roster. The speculation on the starting role – between Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden – was put to rest when it looked like the suspended guy would serve his suspension in Week 9, and Morris was named the starter.
Lost in all the conjecture was the undeniable fact that the most talented back on the team (once the suspension begins) will be Rod Smith. He has already passed McFadden on the Cowboys’ depth chart, and he’s a better three-down option than Morris. Watch for Smith to command touches early and take over a bigger share of the snaps as we approach and enter the fantasy playoffs. Morris is the safe pick-up because his role has been defined, but the time of year to “play it safe” has passed. Smith is a league winner, based on talent and opportunity, yet is still available in 92% of fantasy leagues.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1%)
This could be a great plug-and-play for one week, but this could also end up being a sneaky play for multiple weeks as well. Jameis Winston is dealing with multiple injuries to his throwing shoulder, which should keep him out for at least a week, and MRI results could dictate that he misses, even more, time than that. Plus, he just hasn’t been very good.
Editor’s note: Winston has been shut down for “multiple” weeks.
— Bucs Report (@bucs_fanly) November 7, 2017
Due to unusual circumstances, the Bucs took their bye in Week 1, meaning 16 straight games without a week off, so giving the starting quarterback a bye week would probably be a sound investment, allowing him to heal and see if it helps his throwing mechanics. Tampa Bay is 2-6 and in last place in the NFC South at the halfway point – four games out with eight to play – so they are also rapidly approaching the point of no return for 2017. All of these factors lead us to a theory that we might not see a lot of Winston the rest of this season.
Fitzpatrick has been a high-level fantasy producer before, and he would be surrounded by weapons, starting with wide receiver Mike Evans, who is among the best pass catchers in the league. The “FitzMagic” era starts with a revenge game at home against his former team the New York Jets – and their reeling pass defense, last seen being decimated by Tyrod Taylor and his complete lack of receiving threats. So it’s a “plus” matchup this week for Fitzpatrick (assuming he gets the start) and could lead to more opportunities if Winston needs more time to heal.